Be Healthy, Happy, Inspired

Free Women’s Wellness Day on May 11 presented by the Women of the Rotary Club of Steubenville to feature speakers, makeovers, vendors, healthy snacks, prizes

EVENT PLANNERS — Kathy Musso, standing, is chairman of a free Women’s Wellness Day that the Women of the Rotary Club of Steubenville are organizing for the first time and which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11 at Eastern Gateway Community College. Others assisting include, seated, from left, Sue Hershey, Suzie Mehalik and Carolyn Glaub. The event will feature speakers, makeovers, vendors, healthy snacks and door prizes. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — “Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Inspired, Inspire Others” is the theme of a free Women’s Wellness Day that the Women of the Rotary Club of Steubenville are organizing for the first time and hoping Tri-State Area women will embrace.

The day of encouraging women to be healthy, happy and inspired will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11 at Eastern Gateway Community College and feature vendors, door prizes, makeovers, healthy snacks and beverages and several speakers.

Keynote among them is Steubenville native Natalie Pasquarella, news anchor for WNBC-TV 4 New York. Other speakers will be Amy DeMattio, registered nurse, Trinity Health System, diabetes education; author and inspirational speaker Sherry Dunlevy; the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries; and Lisa Kush, registered nurse, Trinity Heart Center, who will discuss women and heart disease.

“We are excited,” said Kathy Musso, secretary-treasurer of the Steubenville Rotary Club and chairman of the first-time event that is envisioned to possibly become an annual undertaking.

Working with her are “Women of Rotary” planners Lori Fetheroff, Patricia Fletcher, Carolyn Glaub, Andrea Hale, Sue Hershey, Robyn Hill, Erika Lyon, Laurel McDowell, Larae Messer, Kate Sedgmer, Steele, Lisa Ward and Melinda Young in addition to Suzie Mehalik, wife of Rotarian Mike Mehalik.

“Our hope is that we can bring mothers and daughters and granddaughters and friends to an event where they can learn how to take better care of themselves and inspire others in the community,” Musso said, explaining that the idea for such an event dates back to 2017 when she was one of about 42,000 in attendance at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.

“I attended a Women in Rotary event, which I took my friend Grace Adah of Nigeria to and met a new friend in Stephanie Doe, a student at the University of South Carolina,” she said. “You got to meet other women and learn what they were doing in their communities, and this inspired me to do something in my community.”

Putting the pieces in place for the Mother’s Day weekend event has been on the drawing board since the fall, according to Musso, who noted that Rotary International’s theme for 2019 is “Be the Inspiration.”

That theme plays into the event, and so does the makeover element of it.

“We thought the makeover was a good tie-in for someone who maybe needs a mental and physical lift,” Musso said.

“We are doing makeovers for three women as part of this event,” she added, explaining that the names of applicants are being accepted through Wednesday.

Area women are invited to nominate a friend, family member, co-worker or themselves by submitting a brief essay and photo explaining how or why a makeover for them would be inspiring. Applicants are asked to follow the theme “Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Inspired, Inspire Others.”

Entries and a current photo can be sent to steubenvillerotary@yahoo.com or mail to Rotary Club of Steubenville, P.O. Box 1485, Steubenville OH 43952. All entries must be received by Wednesday.

Three winners will be chosen from those nominated by the Women of Rotary, Rotary Club of Steubenville and Legal Hair. Rules include:

¯ Entrants must be 18 and reside within 30 miles of Steubenville;

¯ The winners must be available for a makeover on May 6 from approximately 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Legal Hair, located at 2311 Sunset Blvd. The winners also must be available at 9 a.m. on May 11 at Legal Hair for a restyle and makeup. Winners must be present to be revealed around 1 p.m. at the event.

¯ The winners must be willing to chair hair color, cut and style and wear makeup per the stylist’s recommendation and discretion.

¯ The prize package is donated by Legal Hair in Steubenville.

¯ Sponsoring partners include the Rotary Club of Steubenville, Rotary District 6650, Trinity Health System, Eastern Gateway Community College, Legal Hair and Em-Media Advertising.

Musso anticipates Pasquarella will address how she is inspired through family and work.

Pasquarella co-anchors the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily newscasts and contributes to I-Team investigations.

Memorable stories she has covered include Pope Francis’ visit to New York City in 2015 and one year later playing a central role in her station’s coverage of the 2016 election. In addition to co-anchoring the station’s coverage on election night, Pasquarella co-anchored station coverage from the 2016 presidential debate at Hofstra University and the 2017 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. She also traveled to London to cover the 2018 Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

In recognition of her commitment to journalistic excellence, Pasquarella has been awarded four New York Emmys as part of the station’s team coverage of the 2016 Dallas Police attacks, the 2016 Hoboken rail crash and the 2017 Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting.

Pasquarella joined WNBC from WSOC-TV in Charlotte, where she was a co-anchor for the weekday 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She began her career as a news anchor, reporter and producer at WTOV-TV. A graduate of Kent State University, she interned at NY1 News in New York City.

While at WSOC, Pasquarella produced several in-depth investigative stories on the rise in human trafficking and the use of black-tar heroin. The West Virginia Associated Press honored her for an investigative report on sex offenders voting in public schools.

In 2011, Pasquarella traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview President Barack Obama on local-international trade issues. The following year, Pasquarella co-anchored live political coverage of the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte.

One of Pasquarella’s favorite quotes to live by comes from Winston Churchill, who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Pasquarella, who was very involved in the Charlotte community, served on the board of A Child’s Place, an organization that worked to ease the impact of homelessness on children in schools. She also supported the American Red Cross, Communities in Schools and Classroom Central. In New York, she has worked to support Tri-State food banks and food pantries, Tri-State Boys and Girls clubs and the March of Dimes.

The oldest of four children, Pasquarella loves spending time with her family and enjoys travel, the theater and baseball. She resides with her husband and son in Bergen County.

Vendors will include the Josh Merriman Foundation, AIM Women’s Center, Apollo Restoration and Cleaning, the A.L.I.V.E. Shelter, Prime Time Office on Aging, Refuge for Women, Ohio Valley, Tri-State Financial Services, Trinity Health System diabetes testing, Jefferson County Veterans Association, Urban Mission Ministries and Nedra skin care products.

More vendors are being accepted, according to Musso, who said vendor space is free but a door prize is requested.

Anyone interested in participating as a v endor, either health related and informational or product oriented can send an e-mail via steubenvillerotary@yahoo.com.

Key partners in sponsoring the event are Trinity Health System, Em-Media Advertising, Eastern Gateway Community College, Legal Halir and Day Spa and Rotary District 6650.

“Be Happy” sponsors are Prime Time Office on Aging, Hauser Furniture, Yoga on Main, Steubenville Electrical LMCC Inc. and Valley Hospice.

“Be Inspired” sponsors include Dr. Thomas Brown, Valley Converting, First Choice America Federal Credit Union, Voto Manufacturers Sales Co., GFWC Wintersville Women’s Club, Barium & Chemicals Inc., Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7017, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Apollo Cleaning and Restoration, Naples Steak and Spaghetti House and Manfred’s.

“We are very excited we can support the women of this community,” Musso said. “Rotary international has many programs around the world to help women with maternal needs and other health needs, education and vocational training so this is another step forward for us to work in our community.”

(Kiaski can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)

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